Ferries join AT HOP card system

STEVE HOPKINS
Last updated 10:36 29/11/2012
Auckland ferry
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TICKET TO RIDE: Auckland's AT HOP cards can be used on ferries from November 30.

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Auckland's new AT HOP cards can be used on city ferries from tomorrow.

The new transport ticket was introduced on trains on October 27 and will be available for the first time on the 5.45am ferry from Auckland city to Devonport.

The cards can be used to pay for single trip fares to Bayswater, Birkenhead, Northcote Point, Devonport, Stanley Bay, Waiheke, Gulf Harbour, Pine Harbour, West Harbour and Half Moon Bay.

Hobsonville and Beach Haven services will be included when they start in early 2013.

However, commuters who buy monthly ferry passes and multiple trip passes will have to wait.  

"AT HOP for ferries will begin with single ticket fares with at least a 10 per cent discount off the equivalent single cash fare," Auckland Transport's chief operating officer Greg Edmonds said.

"Auckland Transport and ferry operators are working closely together to enable products such as ferry monthly and other passes, to be available on the AT HOP card in the near future.''

He said Auckland Transport decided to introduce the system on single trips only to ensure it runs smoothly.

"As we implement the integrated ticketing system on buses we will realign monthly passes and ten-trip products to ensure fare zone boundaries are fair and equitable as well as look to roll out an additional suite of fare products across all modes,'' Edmonds said.

According to Auckland Transport, more than 2000 ferry services run in Auckland every week, carrying 5.5 million passengers annually from 19 ferry wharves around the region.

Since the AT HOP card was made available, 41,000 have been bought.

The AT HOP system will be introduced to buses from April 2013.  

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